Light Rail Service Begins March 16

UNC Charlotte students at the 9th Street LYNX station
Wednesday, January 24, 2018

The LYNX Blue Line Extension will begin revenue service to UNC Charlotte’s campus on March 16. Here are some important reminders as the University counts down to the train’s arrival.

  • Test trains running more frequently: Beginning the week of Jan. 22, CATS will test trains on the schedule they will run when service begins March 16. Trains are not open for passenger service. Do not walk on or near the light rail tracks except in designated pedestrian crossings, and continue to observe all fencing and other safety barriers around the train stations. Obey all posted signage, traffic signals, crossing gates and crosswalks. Be mindful of changes in the traffic pattern as crossing gates will be lowered when trains pass by and vehicles will be required to stop. In addition, the overhead catenary system, which provides electricity for the light rail, is energized at all times. Never get near or attempt to touch the overhead lines. Read more about safety.
  • Student passes work opening day: Students do not need to take action to secure a light rail pass. Your fare is covered in your Miscellaneous Transportation Service Charge. Your CATS all-access pass will be active the day light rail service opens. You are able to use all transportation offered by CATS as often as you like throughout the city of Charlotte. Read more about using light rail.
  • Faculty/staff passes available soon: Faculty and staff will receive a separate communication with information about purchasing an all-access CATS pass. The cost for this semester will be $50. Watch your inboxes for more from Parking and Transportation Services.
  • Using your ID card to ride: Light rail privileges are tied to your 49er ID Card, so that means you don’t have to purchase a ticket to board. Just show your card if asked by a fare inspector on the train. Be prepared to show your card each time you ride. On a bus, tap your card on the contactless card reader on the fare box. No pass is needed for the uptown streetcar. Please note: Eventually, all train cars will be equipped with contactless card readers. When this happens, you will tap and go on the light rail, too.

Continue to visit the light rail website for the latest information on the train’s arrival and how it is connecting the University to the city in new, exciting ways.